Helping Ontario's colleges and universities enhance capacity to support student mental health and well-being

Using Student Creativity to Develop a Mental Health Curriculum for Sch...

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In thinking about mental health for students, who are the experts? Perhaps it is the students themselves who are the experts. As institutions try to design and implement programs to support student mental health, student input may be the most unambiguous way to ascertain their needs and ensure that programs are truly effective. In fact, students can contribute more than that. When...

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African-Canadian Youth and the Transition from High School to Post-Sec...

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  In this month's Spotlight we're speaking with Michelle Davis, Coordinator, Partnership Development (Acting), Educational Partnership Office at the Toronto District School Board. Michelle has some great insights into the unique issues facing African-Canadian youth as they move through High School and into University or College.   CICMH: What is the number one hurdle...

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We are all on the front lines of mental illness...

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  'Let’s talk. Look around and you’ll see so many campaigns and courageous personalities bringing mental illness out of the closet. Bell Let’s Talk Day. Olympian Clara Hughes. Musician Steven Page. They share the desire for getting people discussing mental illness to remove the stigma and bring it into the public discourse. And it feels like we’re making some progress. Sure,...

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Saying When: Minimizing harmful alcohol use on campus through a free a...

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[embed]https://vimeo.com/105675631[/embed]   Saying When helps people analyze their drinking patterns and moderate their drinking. This tool, which is based on Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines, can support students to privately track drinks and urges, set weekly goals, view progress and view strategies for success. The app is based on CAMH’s Saying When program,...

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Reducing Student Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation...

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Over the last decade, the practices of Mindfulness and Meditation have enjoyed a substantial shift in public perception. Once unfairly lumped-in with New Age philosophy and eastern mysticism, Mindfulness and Meditation have been riding a sea change towards the mainstream, now rigorously supported by ever-growing bodies of scientific study, and vocally supported by vast numbers of practitioners...

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Autism on Campus – Part 1

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A Discussion with Dori Zener On a seemingly bleak Monday morning in March, the polar vortex of 2014 is in full force – Dori Zener a specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorder warmly invites the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health for a cozy chat in her office at the Redpath Centre in midtown Toronto. Even before I remove my winter gear it becomes apparent that Dori is passionate...

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Autism on Campus – Part 2

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A Discussion with Dori Zener, Continued   What are some myths or even stereotypes about students with ASD? How do we break those down? One major stereotype is that ASD often only affects males, however many females fly under the radar because they have learned how to “fake it” when it comes to social situations. I see many females who don’t get diagnosed until later in life...

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